If there was a word to describe the view on top of Mt. Kalugong, it would be ‘stunning’. Above the Valley, you’ll be able to see the wide strawberry farms, thousands of pine trees, a sneak peek of Baguio, and the humble town of La Trinidad, Benguet.
‘Kalugong’ is a local word which means ‘hat’. Mt. Kalugong was named as such because the rock formations on top of the mountain makes it look like a hat. When you’re down the valley, you’ll clearly see the hat shape.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ride a bus going to Baguio. You can either ride the Victory bus or the Genesis bus. Fare is 450 pesos for the regular bus. Travel time is around 6 hours.
From Baguio, ride a jeep going to Tomay/Camp Dangwa. Ask the driver to drop you off near the road going to Mt Kalugong. Yes, you read that right. There is a road going to the top of Mt. Kalugong. If you have a car, you can drive up to the ecopark . Be careful though, the road is steep.
On the other hand, if you choose to walk/hike, just follow the road going up.Hiking takes about 30 minutes.
When we decided to go up the mountain, we heard that there were two routes. First is via the hiking trail in Tabangaoen and the second is the road going up in Cruz. Wanderers as we were, my friend and I chose the first option.
There were no clear directions as to where the trail was or if there were guides so we decided to ask the locals. Some of them said that the trail was closed while others said it was still open.
Filled with hope, we tried to follow some trail until we found ourselves lost in someone’s backyard. The peak was so visible that we thought we were on the right track.
Turns out, the trail to the peak was closed a long time ago. We gave up and decided to go with option 2. We rode a jeep and walked the steep road going up the mountain.
MT. KALUGONG ECO PARK
After a long sweaty walk,we finally reached the stress free zone of Mt Kalugong. We paid the 100 pesos entrance fee. The place is so relaxing. There are swings, hammocks and kubos built around.
You can pitch a tent, set up a picnic, or just do photo ops. You can also visit the newly opened coffee-house.
TAYAWAN VIEW DECK
From the Eco Park, just 3 minutes away is the Tayawan View Deck where you can see the houses and other buildings around La Trinidad.
Going to the view deck, you’ll pass by some rock formations.
KALUGONG ROCK FORMATIONS
The highlight of Mt. Kalugong is its rock formations. Climbing it is a bit tricky, you have to find the right spot to step on, but once you’re at the top, the view will take your breath away.
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